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This is the place for those of us who love Norman Blake! Feel free to comment on Norman's technique, albums, instruments, philosophy, concert performances, or anything else that is Norman related.

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Comment by Chad Fette on November 14, 2008 at 7:29am
I really enjoyed those clips and I was intrigued to see Norman playing a big ole D-28. It sounded really nice, of course. I guess Norman and Nancy are traveling less and less these days. I'm really glad I have seen him twice. Both shows were really enjoyable.
Comment by Vic Hair on December 4, 2008 at 4:52pm
Been a huge Norman fan since hearing his Home In Sulphur Springs LP back in the mid 70's. WBB is on my short list of favorites.
Comment by Stefan Jadefjord on January 8, 2009 at 1:27am
Do you guys know how I could get in touch with Norman? Any address?
Comment by Capt' Vic on January 21, 2009 at 7:57pm
I JUST STUMBLED ON TO THIS PAGE AND THOUGHT I'D ADD MY TWO CENTS ALSO. NORMAN WAS THE FIRST REALLY GOOD PICKER I WAS ABLE TO FIGURE OUT AND AS A RESULT MY STYLE HAS BEEN GREATLY INFLUENCED BY HIM. I ALSO LOVE THE WAY HIS SONGS TEND TO SOUND LIKE SOMETHING WRITTEN LONG AGO AND AS A RESULT DO QUITE A FEW OF THEM. RECENTLY I CAME ACROSS A FELLOW BY THE NAME OF ROGER LASLEY WHO ALSO HAS A NICE SMOOTH ROLLING/CROSS-PICKING STYLE AND AM WORKING ON SOME OF HIS STUFF. I LIVE IN NW. WASHINGTON STATE (FRIDAY HARB., WA.) AND WOULD LOVE TO DO SOME JAMMING WITH OTHER BLAKE FANS IF YOUR EVER IN THE AREA. CAPT' VIC
Comment by Chad Fette on January 24, 2009 at 5:22am
Stefan,
Your best bet would be through his agent, Scott O'Malley and Associates:

http://somagency.com/

Chad
Comment by Eric Holt on March 22, 2009 at 11:35am
As many have said Norman's playing is really the essence of melodic. I believe that his playing pours out of him the same way his singing does, melds together to make a complete soulful statement. That's also kind of the problem with emulating his style. You can learn the licks he plays on a certain recording but I think Norman would tell you he never plays the same way twice, it's about what he feels being moved through his fingers (and voice) and that certainly takes a greater connection between the brain and the fingers than I have.
Comment by Capt' Vic on March 22, 2009 at 12:10pm
hi eric, i agree that mr. blake certainly plays pretty spontaneously, and after listening and learning a lot of his songs and licks i find there is much you can put to use in other songs. he has always been a major source for ideas as i find his style lots easier to figure out (as compared to tony rice and others). i like his timing, accents and the little off beat things he does and particularly the tone he gets. do you know about the software called "amazing slowdowner" it's not too expensive , downloadable and just a wonderful tool for learning tunes. i've even managed several bryan sutton tunes although i'll never be able to play them at his speed. capt' vic
Comment by Jack Shannon on March 25, 2009 at 10:41pm
Yes! Norman is the Man. I work midnights in a county jail. I work in control and only have to push buttons when someone needs through a door. That = about five hours practice a night. It is making a difference. So all you pickers go to your county jail and get hired!!! The smaller the jail the better!!! I'm thinking of doing a DVD on Late night Jail picking!
Comment by Matt Fiedler on February 11, 2010 at 10:58am
Norman Blake is, in fact, the man. His playing always amazes me, I love it! Did you know that Sam Bush plays one of Norman's old mandolins? I didn't either until I came across this thing (http://www.sambush.com/SBTV). Sam, another one of my idols, talks about how he got his 1937 Gibson F5 from the man himself, Norman Blake. It's pretty interesting, definitely take a look at it.
Comment by Steve Blanchard on February 19, 2010 at 6:16pm
Norman Blake. He is a cornerstone picker of flatpicking. I first heard his work on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline Album way back when it first was released. My brother said "listen to this guy". I enjoyed his picking and very shortly thereafter I was introduced to Doc Watson. I was about 9 at the time. After high school, I enrolled at Guitar Study Center in NYC. I took a fingerpicking class and one song on the list was Down at Mylo's House. I asked my instructor if he knew where I can get a recording on the tune and he said it is on the Whiskey B4 Breakfast Album by NB. I ordered the album from my local record store and about 3-4 days later I had it. When I got home I put the needle on and just gave a listen....It was a difining moment for me. Within a week, I sold all my electric guitars and amps and I have played acousticly ever since. I thanked Norman for unlocking me from the bondage of electric guitar. I seen him in Portland, Or back in the 80's or early 90's. It was a great moment. Long live Mr. Blake!!!!!!!!!!!

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